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    Handlebar Risers - More Comfy

    I'm not a fan of the awkward, leaned down position of a sport bike. The slight lean of the Ninja 650 was still too much lean for me, so i bought some risers from Moto Werk.



    Installation was a breeze, however, i feel like the cables are being stretched a bit whenever i turn to the left. You can hear the creaking of rubber rubbing against rubber. I'm not sure if that is a concern or not. Moto Werk's website claims that cable modification is not necessary. So should i be worried?

    Anyway, the 1 inch added really made the ride more comfortable. Rolling around in bumper to bumper traffic became mildly acceptable, which used to be a pain in my wrist and lower back.
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    I can't imagine 1 inch of change is going to really muck up your cables. Can you re-route them to create more slack? Hard to know if it's a problem or not without being there.
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    You might just want to pull the cables out some so they they have more room to move around. Make sure they are not binding anywhere when you move from lock to lock. I went the route of riser on the handlebars and lowering the footpegs and then finally realized I need a Versys. Now I am comfortable and have a better equipped bike for the type of riding I do. Although some might say it is the Ninja's ugly brother. LOL!
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    Glad to hear you like them. I've been considering some type of bar change myself.

    As far as stretching the cables, I can't say on this bike. I've seen other bikes literally pull the wires apart without breaking the wire housing. That's a tough short to trace. Anyway, might be worth making sure it doesn't cause a problem.

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    I got some 1 inch up 1 inch back risers for my bike. The cables are fine but I did remove a guide bracket - I think it was from the lower triple tree clamp.

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    Cable modification not necessary, but they didnt say anyhing about cable re-routing. Lol

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    innerstin' that you find the ninja's stock bars too low. many owners have already or are itching to lower the bars. glad you found risers to work for you.

    i'm very happy with the ninja's stock set-up.

    before i bought the ninja i was on the lookout for a basic suzuki sv650; no new ones were available in socal. but i could not justify buying the s version cuz the clip-ons bent me into a pretzel.

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    More than the height, I've found the angle of the stock bars to be uncomfortable over the long haul. Before adding the windscreen I had installed a set of braced dirtbike bars, which had a much more straight and comfortable wrist position, but I had to swap them after installing the windscreen due to clearance issues. I'll be taking care of that over the winter, by getting a different set of bars with a similar angle.

    Having regular tubular bars makes for some simple swaps. Higher, lower, further forward, further back..... it can all be done, within reason, without needing to swap out the hoses. There's a couple of inches worth of play available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Complex View Post
    . I'll be taking care of that over the winter, by getting a different set of bars with a similar angle..
    Let us know what you get and how you end up liking the. I find the swept-back handle bars uncomfortable on longer trips too. I really liked the straight bars on my old XL250R and wondered if something similar could be done with the Ninja.

    PS - have you got pics of your bike? I am curious to see what the E340 looks like with V35's, and also how the barkbusters look.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GINge View Post
    Let us know what you get and how you end up liking the. I find the swept-back handle bars uncomfortable on longer trips too. I really liked the straight bars on my old XL250R and wondered if something similar could be done with the Ninja.

    PS - have you got pics of your bike? I am curious to see what the E340 looks like with V35's, and also how the barkbusters look.
    The bars I used, the last time, were a set of Renthal low bars. I didn't like the Renthal brace, so I replaced it with one from an old set of Hardy Performance bars that I had kicking around. I used a set of extra heavy KTM bar end weights, meant for alloy bars like the Renthals. The angle of the bars was much more comfortable and the forward lean was only slightly more.



    I've posted a couple of shots of my bike, previously, but here you go.



    Last edited by Papa_Complex; 11-16-11 at 11:40 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GINge View Post
    ...I find the swept-back handle bars uncomfortable on longer trips too...
    Ditto.

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    Try loosening your stock bars in the mount, then rotating them downward. There's enough play in the control cables that you should be able to get a more natural grip, even without replacing them.
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    Spent a week with them so far, its pretty good. I didn't touch the cables or the guides, seems to be fine. Its definitely much better on my wrists now that i'm sitting more upright. Longer trips may be annoying since the windscreen is so low. Good thing i never get out of the city.
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    dangit, i'm getting to like the looks of the er more and more, even with the sorta goofy-lookin' quasi-semi fairing/turn-signal housing.

    at ease.

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    Too bad they did away with the sorta goofy-lookin' quasi-semi fairing/turn-signal housing, on the new bike.
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